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Since June 1, only two teams in the majors have homered more often than the Pirates. The Yankees (97 homers) lead, followed by the Angels (91) and the Bucs (90). The Pirates have homered 10 times in their past seven games and have hit at least one in 24 of their past 30 games. For the season, the Pirates rank third in the NL with 126 home runs, trailing the Brewers (133) and Reds (129).

= Reliever Juan Cruz (shoulder) will work out with pitchers before the game today, so it will be a while yet before the Pirates announce the next step in his rehab process. “We’re still working through it,” manager Clint Hurdle said during his pregame confab. Cruz has made two outings with Double-A Altoona. … Tony Watson is not available in the bullpen tonight.

Game 113: Padres @ Pirates, 7:05 p.m. ET

Padres (50-64): 1. Alexi Amarista 2b, 2. Everth Cabrera ss, 3. Chase Headley 3b, 4. Carlos Quentin rf, 5. Yonder Alonso 1b, 6. Will Venable lf, 7. Cameron Maybin cf, 8. John Baker c. 9. Jason Marquis rhp (5-6, 4.10)

Pirates (63-49): 1. Starling Marte lf, 2. Travis Snider rf, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Garrett Jones 1b, 5. Neil Walker 2b, 6. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 7. Josh Harrison ss, 8. Rod Barajas c, 9. A.J. Burnett rhp (14-3, 3.19)

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  1. Chuck H says:

    According to news from the Pirate manager Hurdle, he thought that McDonald would work his way out of the situation. Well, he is about the only manager that would think that way. To me, the important thing is to win the game, not to be afraid to risk damaging the psyche of the pitcher, no matter how bad he was pitching. I’m sure that McDonald knew he was finished for the day when the score was 7 to 4. My God, they were hitting everything he threw to the plate, but apparently, only Clint Hurdle thought otherwise. Well, that’s one game we won’t get back, and like someone said “It was a Jerry Meals day for the Buccos”. Please, lets not have any more of them.

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